Movies 2014: The Best & the Rest

I used to care about movies a lot more than TV growing up, because the small screen was so formulaic and predictable while the big one had all the memorable, high-quality stuff.  That equation’s pretty much flipped 180 degrees in  ...

Mr. Turner (2014)

The brilliant film “Mr. Turner” examines the great, albeit, peculiar, British Romantic landscape and seascape painter, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851). Writer and director Mike Leigh (“Secret and Lies,” “Topsy Turvy”) has made a remarkable dramatic film, which presents a  ...

“National Gallery” (2014)

How do we look when we’re looking at art? That’s one of the intriguing facets of this gorgeous art tour of London’s National Gallery. Frederick Wiseman’s documentary, "National Gallery", which opened in November, shows us many scenes of faces looking  ...

Yankee Doodle Dandy–on DVD

No film in the James Cagney filmography best illustrates what can only be called "The Cagney Conundrum" than does the 1942 Michael Curtiz film, "Yankee Doodle Dandy". What is "The Cagney Conundrum," you ask? It is the fact that James  ...

“The Apartment” (1960) DVD Review

It’s amazing, for a film that won the Oscar for Best Picture the year it was released, and was made by one of Hollywood’s Golden Age directors, how underrated Billy Wilder’s 1960 black and white drama-comedy "The Apartment" is. This  ...

Two Days, One Night (2014)

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have made many notable films from “La Promesse” to their Palme d’Or winners “Rosetta” and “L’Enfant,” but they had never worked with a movie star as big as Marion Cotillard until now with “Two Days, One  ...

Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

  The movie’s title, “Clouds of Sils Maria,” refers to a natural phenomenon found in the Sils Maria municipality of Switzerland for which the fictional play within the film, “Maloja Snake,” is also named. Both titles designate the same  ...

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), DVD Review

Of the six films of Japanese director Nagisa Oshima that I have seen, his 1983 color film "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" ("Senjō No Merī Kurisumasu or 戦場のメリークリスマス") is easily his least impressive. It’s not a terrible film, but it’s not  ...

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      It's Fashion Week in New York--when isn't it?--and the pages of the New York Times feature the new styles daily. And, of course, they're all modeled by women barely out of their teens.  ...

A Letter to Momo (2011)

The award-winning children’s anime film, “A Letter to Momo,” delicately explores the emotional struggles of an eleven year-old girl, Momo Miyaura, who ultimately conquers adversity and gains strength and courage. Mr. Okiura uses beautiful, elegant pastel hand-drawings with a soft  ...